How to Become a Zoologist

 Zoologists are also called animal biologists or scientists and they work directly with different species of animals

 

You can opt for science (PCMB) at the plus two level and pursue a BSc degree with biological science as the major subject in final year. You can also pursue a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, forestry, veterinary or environmental science. Those with 15 years of formal education (10+2+3) and 55 per cent marks in the B.Sc programme can apply for MSc in wildlife science. The Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, offers M.Sc in wildlife science; entry is though a test which comprises multiple choice questions on general knowledge, general science and an optional third subject (veterinary and agricultural science, life science or forestry.) Those short-listed have to go through a personality and aptitude test. Others can opt for M.Phil and Ph.D programmes in wildlife science.

Skills

·         Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, observational and decision-making abilities

·         Excellent data, collection, interpretation, analysis and technical writing skills

·         Should have the temperament for putting in long hours in research and be academically-oriented

·         Knowledge of and interest in animals, agriculture, geography

·         Should have a strong constitution, love for the outdoors, scientific and practical bent of mind, unending patience, adventurous spirit, ability to overcome obstacles and concern for environment

·         Good communication skills

Important Facts

·         Makes you knowledgeable about wildlife, the environment and conservation issues

·         An adventurous field, involves lots of outdoor work

·         You get to see some great places in the wild and get paid to boot

·         You perform the vital role of contributing to save the planet Work is project-based. Bagging fresh projects is difficult

·         Difficult work conditions, with irregular work pattern

·         Away from home and family for long periods of time

·         Pay is lower than in other fields